Tuesday, November 7, 2017

For lack of something different

I'm going to continue blabbing on about beads and bracelets this week because that's all I've got.

Today is an extremely boring post about the tools I use to make the beads. I've been using up leftover pieces of scrapbook paper that I could never bring myself to throw away. I measure and mark the back side of the paper then cut with scissors.

When it comes to rolling the paper I could buy a bead rolling tool but all over the internet you see people are rolling them with toothpicks or skewers.

I used some bent paper clips and toothpicks

My only problem was the the paper kept slipping so I went online and did some browsing. I found several things showing you how to make your own slotted tool. I have a slotted tool that I used for quilling but it's not long enough to hold the bead papers. I improvised and came up with something on my own using what I had.

I took a very thin dowel rod and sliced it with a box cutter creating a slit in one end. Then to make the other end just a little easier to hold on to I wrapped it with some decorative duct tape.. It's not pretty but it works great.

You might be able to see the slit in the end on the left of the picture. I slide the end of my bead paper in there and it holds the paper while I start to roll.

12 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

Really interesting to me. So, do you have to cut the paper maker it thinner and thinner?

Mildred said...

Good for you to create your own tool. I love that you can use left over paper from other projects, too.

Out on the prairie said...

Creative with your tool. I wondered if the quilling tool would work for you

Sharkbytes said...

I think I used to use some thick wire. A paper clip seems like the hole would be too small. I don't remember slippage problems, but I was just soaking the paper in thinned elmer's glue. Of course, you've made me want to play again, but I'm NOT going to get another mess started.

Sandra said...

you might want to grab a patent on your new tool... it looks like the perfect solution... I had not thought about the HOW of rolling the beads and now I know in my head what you do to each one... your creative genes are in gear and that is never boring

Grace said...

The ultimate in creativity - you make the tools you need to make your creations...(I don't think I am ever going to love paper beads...)

Sandee said...

I'm happy you're having fun with your beads. It's an all new adventure for you. Fun too.

Have a fabulous day, Ann. Big hug to you and tons of scritches to Gibbs. ♥♥♥

Marg said...

Well done figuring that out. I bet it worked great too. Have a wonderful day.

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

Genious!

Lin said...

I'm just excited to see where this takes you. I know the beads will not just be on bracelets....

Small Kucing said...

aha... DIY tools. No need to buy or go hunting. Sometimes it's frustrating when wanna start something but fund that we dont have the tools for it. Best if can DIY the tools

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

I had no idea you could make paper beads ... have fun ... the possibilities are endless.

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